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2 ) PROPERTIES AND USES:2.1 ) PHYSICAL AND CHEMICAL PROPERTIES :1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. Melting point Boiling point Vapor pressure Thermal conductivity Heat of melting Heat of vaporization Specific heat of vapor Density, 20.0C Refractive index, d 16.635 0.002 C 117.87 C log p =7.55716 1642.54/(233.386+1) 0.158 W/m k at 20C 207.1 J/g 394.5 J/g at boiling point 5.029 J/g k at 124C 1.04928 g/ml 1.36965 0.837 J/g k at 100k 11.83 mPa.s or cp at 20C 10.97 mPa.s or cp at 25C 11. Critical pressure 12. Critical temperature 13. Magnetic susceptibility Solid Liquid 14. Dielectric constant Solid Liquid 15. surface tension, mN/m or dyne/cm 16. Flash point, open cup 17. Autoignition point 57C 465C 2.665 at -10.0C 6.710 at 20.0C 27.57 at 20.1C 32.05 x 10-6 cm3/mol 31.80 x 10-6 cm3/mol 57.856 kPa (571.1 atm) 321.6C

10. Specific heat of solid

18. Lower limit of flammability 40C 19. Lower limit of flammability 5.4 vol % at 100C

Though the molecular weight of acetic aid is 60.05, its apparent molecular weight varies with both temperature and the other associating substances present.

It is miscible in all proportions with water, ethanol and ether. It is an excellent solvent for organic compounds. A zero dipole moment for unsymmetrical acetic acid structure (is explained by the formation of symmetric dimmers via hydrogen bonding in which the dipole moments cancel).

No high dissociation ionic species in acetic acid solution. Possesses relatively low basicity or proton affinity. Has a very strong leveling effect on bases and solvolyzes all strong bases to acetate ion, CH3COO


Acetic acid has a broad spectrum of applications. They are as follows. Over 60% of acetic acid produced goes into polymers derived from either vinyl acetate (vinyl esters) or cellulose (cellulose esters). Most of poly (vinyl acetate) is used in paints and coatings or used for making poly (vinyl alcohol) and plastics. Also, cellulose acetate is used to produce acetate fibers Acetic acid and acetate esters are used extensively as solvents and in organic synthesis. In the production of white lead and chrome yellow pigments, it is used to make lead available in a soluble form for further reaction to give basic lead carbonate and lead chromate.

Also used to provide the necessary acidity in the number of processes carried out in an aqueous media. Used in the mordanting process and in dyeing of wool in textile industry.

Used as a coagulant for rubber latex in manufacture of elastic thread, as a component of photographic stopping and fixing baths and as a laundry sour.

Also used in electroplating, engraving and in the processing of fish glue. Dilute acetic acid functions either or both as a preservative and flavoring agent in food stuffs such as pickled vegetables, condiments, jellies and confectionery.

RDX - the high explosive cyclotrimethylenetrinitramine is furnished on nitration of hexamethylenetetramine with acetic acid. Also, lower alkyl esters such as methanol, ethanol, isopropanol and butanol are widely used as solvents for lacquers and adhesives. Other esters form basis for synthetic flavors for perfumes and bornyl acetate in the manufacture of synthetic camphor.

Acetic acid is mainly utilized in the manufacture of the following products: 1. Acetic Anhydride: Acetic Anhydride is a very versatile product. It is a part of the manufacturing of Cellulose Acetate fiber, Plastics, Vinyl Acetate Monomer etc. The pharmaceutical industry uses Acetic Anhydride as a dehydration agent. The Dye industry also uses it for manufacturing Dyes and Dye intermediates. Ordinance factories use it in the manufacture of explosives. Perfumes are also made by the use of Acetic Anhydride. Aspirin, Paracetamol and other antibiotics are also made by using Acetic Anhydride. 2. Vinyl Acetate: Vinyl Acetate is a basic raw material for Poly Vinyl Acetate and Poly Vinyl Alcohol. Vinyl Acetate Monomer is used in the manufacture of latex paint, paper coatings, Adhesives and textile finishing. 3. Cellulose Acetate: Cellulose Acetate is an important constituent of thermoplastics and fibers. The textile industry uses cellulose acetate widely for the production of

cellulose acetate fiber. The other uses of Cellulose Acetate are the production of film, plastic sheets and the formulation of liquor. 4. Monochloro Acetic acid: Monochloro Acetic acid [MCA] is used extensively in the manufacture of Herbicides, Preservatives, Bacteriostat and Glycine. Mainly it is used in the manufacture of Carboxy Methyl Cellulose which is a gummy and strong adhesive powder used in drilling for oil. MCA is also used for producing laboratory chemicals like EDTA and 2 4 D Thioglucolic acid. 2.3) OTHER ACETATES [ESTERS]: Acetic acid is used for the manufacture of organic and inorganic

acetates like Methyl Acetate, Ethyl Acetate, Butyl Acetate etc. 2.4) PURIFIED TERPTHALIC ACID [PTA]: Acetic acid finds use in the manufacture of PTA as a solvent. PTA is an alternative raw material for polyester fiber manufacture instead of Dimethyl Terepthalate [DMT]. 2.5) FOOD ADDITIVES [VINEGAR]: Acetic acid is widely used in the form of vinegar as a food additive. As vinegar it is used for the preservation of food and also to impart a sour taste to certain preparations. 2.6) NATURAL LATEX COAGULANT, OIL COAL ACIDIZER AND IN TEXTILE PRINTING: Acetic acid is used in the textile industry for textile processing and printing. It is also used in the rubber industry as a natural latex coagulant. Acetic acid is also used in the manufacture of plastics, pharmaceuticals, Dyestuff and Dye intermediates, insecticides and photographic chemicals.

CHAPTER 3 3.1) VARIOUS COMMERCIAL PROCESSES : There are three main routes for the manufacture of Acetic acid. They are described below. a) The direct oxidation of n-Butane (or to some extent LPG and light Naphtha). This reaction can be carried out in three different ways as shown below: i. A vapor phase non-catalytic reaction at 350 to 400 deg. C. and 5-10 atm. pressure. ii. A liquid phase non-catalytic reaction at 160-180 deg. C. and 45-10 atm. pressure. iii. A liquid phase homogenous catalytic reaction at 160-180 deg. C. and 4555 atm. pressure. C4H10 + O2 = CH3COOH + H2O n-Butane Oxygen Acetic acid Water b) ACETALDEHYDE OXIDATION In India the majority of the Acetic acid plants follow this route. Alcohol is used to obtain Acetaldehyde (Alcohol is obtained by the fermentation and distillation of Molasses). Acetic acid is produced by this route using a two step process. i. Oxidation of alcohol to Acetaldehyde: C2H5OH +1/2 O2 = CH3CHO + H2O Ethyl alcohol Oxygen Acetaldehyde Water ii. Oxidation of Acetaldehyde to Acetic acid: CH3CHO +1/2 O2 = CH3COOH Acetaldehyde Oxygen Acetic acid c) CARBONYLATION OF METHANOL: In 1995 the first Indian plant based on this process went online at G.N.F.C Bharuch. CH3OH + CO = CH3COOH Methanol Carbon Monoxide Acetic acid

3.2 (a) CHOICE OF PROCESS: The production of acetic acid by acetaldehyde oxidation has an extensive patent literature.It has been in commercial operation since 1911 in Germany and 1920 in theUS. Since the bulk of acetic acid in the world today is obtained from acetaldehyde, the acetaldehyde processes enjoy a leading position in any consideration of acetic acid manufacture. Even in many processes acetaldehyde is essentially an intermediate in the productuin of acetic acid and the foru common main routes to acetaldehyde are: i) the vapor-phase dehydrogenation or partial oxidation of ethyl alcohol ii) the liquid-phase hydration of acetylene iii) the high-temperature oxidation of saturated hydrocarbons iv) the liquid-phase oxidation of ethylene. Thus, the choice or selection of process leads to oxidation of acetaldehyde. Also, the overall yield is greater than 90% compare to other processes such as in oxidation of n-butane in liquid phase can exceed just about 60%.

3.2(b) PROCESS DESCRIPTION: The continuous oxidation of acetaldehyde in the liquid phase is generally carried out by using air or oxygen in the presence of catalyst manganese acetate. The reaction mixture containing acetaldehyde diluted with crude acid and manganese acetate solution is circulated upward through the oxidation tower. CH3CHO +1/2 O2 = CH3COOH Reaction conditions when air is used are 55-65 C at 70-75 psi (about 5 atm ); and when air is used oxygen is used , 70-80C at a pressure sufficient to keep the acetaldehyde liquid. The reaction mixture is drawn off the top of the distillation tower and is diluted continuously in as many as 3 distillation columns. Now, crude acid is fed into the top of the distillation column and other volatile components are withdrawn overhead while a residue containing manganese acetate is removed at the bottom. A low boiling fore run is taken off overhead in the second column and 99.6 - 99.8% pure acetic acid is taken off just above the reboiler.